Environmental research in Darwin, Kakadu & Jabiru

Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu

Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu. Photo: Tourism NT

Location of the Alligator Rivers Region in the Northern Territory

The Alligator Rivers Region includes Kakadu National Park,
200km East of Darwin, Northern Territory

The Supervising Scientist is responsible for the environmental oversight of uranium mining activities in the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory, Australia. This region includes the World Heritage and Ramsar listed Kakadu National Park, recognised internationally for its outstanding natural and cultural values, and wetlands.

Areas of expertise

Our environmental research programmes are managed by leading senior research scientists, at the forefront of their fields. Our areas of expertise include aquatic ecology, environmental radioactivity, ecotoxicology, biochemistry, geomorphology, and spatial science.

Body of work

Our programmes of environmental research are designed to;

  • Develop monitoring tools and standards for assessing the potential impacts of uranium mining;
  • Provide scientific information to improve minesite rehabilitation; and
  • Improve understanding of the environment to better reduce and detect the potential impacts of uranium mining.

Outcomes of our research programme inform our supervisory activities, the regulatory processes of the Northern Territory Government, and the environmental performance of uranium mines throughout the region.

Environmental monitoring

We also undertake a formal air and water quality monitoring programme encompassing biological, physical, chemical and radiological techniques to assess the environmental performance of the Jabiluka and Ranger sites.

Peer review

The research and activities we undertake are reviewed biannually by the Alligator Rivers Region Technical Committee (ARRTC), an independent scientific advisory panel. The ARRTC examine the scientific basis for assessing mining operations, and report directly to the Minister.

Additionally our research findings are regularly published as reports or in reputable journals.